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St Lucia PM brought to tears by weekend murders

Published:Monday | January 9, 2017 | 1:38 PM
St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC):
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says he has been brought to tears over the number of murders in St Lucia last weekend and has summoned a meeting with police and officials from the Ministry of Social and Family Development later on Monday.

“It is heart-breaking to have learned that the lives of five young persons were cut short over the weekend. It really brings me to tears to know that we would rather resort to violence to resolve our differences than to seek help from the relevant authorities.

“My heart goes out to the families of these young men. God alone knows what they are going through. No parent should have to bury their children as a result of such violence,” Chastanet said in a post on his Facebook page.

At least six people were killed in various incidents in St Lucia over the weekend and police Sunday night detained one woman in connection with the fatal stabbing of an unidentified man believed to be in his early 30’s at Grande Rivere, Corinth, a community four miles north east of the capital.

The stabbing took place just hours after two men, identified as Gillan Charles, 37 and Dequan Joseph, 16, were shot dead at Jacmel, a west coast community while a third was seriously wounded and rushed to hospital.

A law enforcement official reported late Sunday that the third victim, identified as Kyle Richard, has since succumbed to his wounds.

In another incident, police shot dead an unidentified man in Marigot, while Shermia Clercin, 28, who was shot multiple times over the New Year’s holiday, succumbed to his injuries early Sunday.

The island recorded its first murder Friday when Jeremie St Martin, a ‎21-year-old resident of Gros Islet was found at his residence with gunshot wounds.